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Jeff Loux

Jeff Loux, Ph.D., is the director of the Land Use and Natural Resources Program and the Center for Water and Land Use, UC Davis Extension. He has worked in the public and private sectors on land use planning, resource management and water policy matters for twenty-five years. Loux also serves as an adjunct faculty in landscape architecture for the Department of Environmental Design, UC Davis. Loux's primary research interests are in the linkages between land use and water resources; sustainable community desgin, land conservation and integrating community interests into planning, design and resource policy.

For the past seven years, Loux has served as a senior mediator with the Center for Collaborative Policy, actively facilitating the award-winning Sacramento Regional Water Forum. This project is a collaboration of 40 diverse stakeholder organizations addressing the complex issues of water supply and demand, water conservation, groundwater management, river protection and restoration on the Lower American River. Prior to his public service and academic work, Loux served as a consultant to many government agencies on land use planning, water resources management and environmental policy projects.


Water policy, including low-impact development, storm water management, integrated water resource planning and water supply planning; sustainable design and planning; collaboration and community involvement in policy and planning.


  • Comprehensive Plan for the Merced Wild and Scenic River for Yosemite National Park
  • Napa River Watershed Management Plan
  • Soquel Creek Integrated Water Resources Plan
  • general plans for the communities of Davis, Santa Cruz and Brentwood
  • specific plans for Soquel, Boulder Creek, Davis' Gateway, Davis' Downtown and the Redding Riverfront
  • environmental impact reports and studies for many projects and plans such as the South Lake Tahoe Redevelopment Strategy
  • park and recreation master plans for park districts throughout California


  • Ph.D., Environmental Planning specializing in California groundwater policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., Geography, UCLA
  • B.A., Environmental Studies and Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara


Loux has received numerous awards for his consulting projects and programs including:

  • educational awards from the California Chapter of the American Planning Association for a Bureau of Land Management series
  • a Service Award from the California Environmental Protection Agency for a series of Water Board trainings
  • a Transportation Commission award for the Jepson Parkway Concept Plan
  • planning and design awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Brentwood Agricultural Preservation Strategy, Redding Riverfront Plan, Ridgelands Open Space Plan, Santa Cruz County Stream Protection Project and the El Sur Ranch Master Plan

Published Pieces

  • Water and Land Use: Planning Wisely for the Future of California (Solano Press 2004)